Wednesday, June 8, 2011
MY BEST FRIEND ABE LINCOLN
AUTHOR: Robert Bloch
ILLUSTRATOR: John W.Ewing
ILLUSTRATION COUNT: 24
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 8.5
BISAC:JUV016140 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
IMPRINT: Castle Bridge Books
AGE: 4 to 8
My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln is a delightful story that will capture the hearts of children. The author does a great job of weaving facts and fiction together bringing life to the story of Abe Lincoln's childhood as he studies, goes fishing, and grows into a compassionate man who later abolishes slavery.
The reader is immediately brought back in time to a one room school house called a " blab school" and can almost imagine the noise of several children of different ages all reciting their lessons out loud.
Abe Lincoln is shown as a tall lanky boy with above average intelligence and a compassionate heart. The story brings history alive in a fun and energetic way that children will relate to easily. It is not boring or dull which will lead children to seek other books on the subjects of Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Native American culture.
I loved this book because of the history but also because it is a story of friendship. Although some of the information is fiction, it is all believable and makes for a wonderful introduction to our history for young readers. A great book for classrooms or a child's book collection.